Jenny Beth Martin

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Jenny Beth Martin
Martin in 2022
Martin in 2022
Born (1970-07-02) July 2, 1970 (age 52)
OccupationCo-founder of the Tea Party Patriots and Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund
EducationReinhardt University
University of Georgia (BBA, MS)
Official website

Jenny Beth Martin (born July 2, 1970)[1][2] is the co-founder and national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, and a columnist for The Washington Times. In February 2010, Time magazine named her as one of its 100 Most Influential Leaders.[3] She is the co-author of Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution.[4] She is a member of the Council for National Policy.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Martin graduated from Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia, in 1990. She later received a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Georgia.[2]

Tea Party Patriots[edit]

In June 2009, Martin had formed Tea Party Patriots, along with Amy Kremer and Mark Meckler. In 2010, Martin was being paid $6,000 a month by the organization.[2] Meckler resigned from the Tea Party Patriots, citing differences with Martin and other board members over how the organization was being managed.[6] As of 2014, Martin was receiving two salaries from the Tea Party Patriots: a $15,000 per month fee for "strategic consulting" and a $272,000 salary as President, with total annual compensation over $450,000.[7]

Puerto Rico bankruptcy-law structure[edit]

In the face of the Puerto Rican government-debt crisis and in concert with major distressed-debt hedge funds in 2015, Martin and Tea Party Patriots have opposed a U.S. Senate bill to allow Puerto Rico's public authorities access to bankruptcy restructuring options.[8]

Political action committee[edit]

Martin is a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, a political action committee which Martin has said was formed to counter Karl Rove's Conservative Victory Project. Martin characterizes Rove and his group as the "consultant class".[9]

In the 2016 Republican presidential primary, she endorsed Ted Cruz.[10]

America's Frontline Doctors[edit]

In July 2020, Martin appeared with a group of doctors in front of Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., promoting falsehoods about the wearing of masks and vaccines at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.[11] The event was hosted and funded by Tea Party Patriots.[12]

Personal life[edit]

She is divorced from Lee Martin, with whom she has twins, born in 2003.[2] In 2008, the Martins filed for bankruptcy. Their company specializing in supplying temporary workers failed due to the 2008 financial crisis and an unscrupulous former business partner.[13]


  1. ^ teapartypatriot page,
  2. ^ a b c d Davis, Mark, "Jenny Beth Martin: The head Tea Party Patriot", (Atlanta Journal-Constitution website), May 9, 2010. "39-year-old". Retrieved 2015-12-19.
  3. ^ Altman, Alex (April 29, 2010). "Jenny Beth Martin – The 2010 TIME 100". TIME. Archived from the original on May 2, 2010. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "Jenny Beth Martin | Authors | Macmillan". December 4, 2009. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  5. ^ O'Harrow Jr., Robert (October 25, 2021). "God, Trump and the Closed-Door World of a Major Conservative Group". The Washington Post Magazine. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  6. ^ "Meckler resigns from national Tea Party Patriots". The Union. Nevada County, California. February 24, 2012. Archived from the original on August 29, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  7. ^ Gold, Matea (April 26, 2014). "Tea Party PACs reap money for midterms, but spend little on candidates". Washington Post. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  8. ^ Mahler, Jonathan, and Nicholas Confessore, "Inside the Billion-Dollar Battle for Puerto Rico’s Future", New York Times, December 19, 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-19.
  9. ^ 02/08/2013 5:42 pm EST (February 8, 2013). "Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Super PAC Launches, Bringing Unlimited Donations To 'Grassroots'". Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  10. ^ "Jenny Beth Martin for Ted Cruz," YouTube, February 25, 2016, retrieved November 28, 2016.
  11. ^ "Trump spreads video of doctor who falsely claims hydroxychloroquine cures COVID-19". Fact Check. July 28, 2020. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  12. ^ "Dark money and PAC's coordinated 'reopen' push are behind doctors' viral hydroxychloroquine video". NBC News. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  13. ^ "Woodstock woman's political work earns her a spot on 'influential' list". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. May 9, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2019.

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